First Solar EV to market? Aptera VS Lightyear One race

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions First Solar EV to market? Aptera VS Lightyear One race

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions First Solar EV to market? Aptera VS Lightyear One race

  • First Solar EV to market? Aptera VS Lightyear One race

  • seth feldman

    Member
    March 10, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Taking bets on whether Aptera or Lightyear one hits the market first.

    I’m betting all of my internet glory on the lightyear one, just so Steve, and Chris are extra motivated to prove me wrong….

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    March 10, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    I’d rather they get it right than get it first…

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    March 10, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Realistically Lightyear One will likely ship first but it is also $170,000 USD.

    Sono is a more direct solar competitor as it is similar on price but is a small urban family EV.

    Daymak Spiritus is another interesting competitor to watch but the company seems a little snakeoil with some of their products; for a good laugh check out the Skyrider.

    • seth feldman

      Member
      March 10, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      I’m hoping aptera gets multiple manufacturing plants up and running so they have a good chance of staying in business. I hope they don’t let perfection stop them putting excellent cars out before the market is overcrowded. In about 3 years toyota and other big manufacturers will likely have massive EV production to compete with.

      I think the $175k lightyear price also includes company investment for the early adopters. It’s supposed to start at $35k after the first editions sell out (we’ll see). From what I saw it wasn’t as efficient around the track as they were predicting though.

      The sono looked like an adequate city vehicle with a more practical albeit ugly form factor.

      I don’t think the spiritus has solar? It is my favorite aesthetically, but seems to be more toy with short range/no storage, and has silly crypto mining gimmick

      • Curtis Cibinel

        Member
        March 10, 2022 at 5:57 pm

        Spiritus is a 3 wheel relatively efficient vehicle. It’s solar is purely for secondary systems (including crypto mining which makes no sense)

      • Joshua Rosen

        Member
        March 11, 2022 at 5:03 am

        The $35K Lightyear is a different product, probably years away. I don’t see how a $170K car is viable. That’s EQS, Taycan or Lucid Air money, those are luxury cars. The seats in the EQS will even give you a happy ending.

      • John Malcom

        Member
        March 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

        I believe the $35,000 Lightyear product is a separate vehicle. There will be sometime between the $175,000 release and the 35K version just as with Aptera the four wheel version will follow the Roadster paradigm production starting this year.

        It really doesn’t matter which vehicle wins the horse race. The Apter is a far better value, and based on the value proposition will win in the marketplace over any version of the Lightyear. Aptera has stated and restated their commitment to quality in the Aptera. Both engineering and management know that anything less would contribute rejection in the marketplace

      • John Malcom

        Member
        March 11, 2022 at 1:26 pm

        A more detailed assessment if the Light year one. My favorite is the price per battery mile if you get an Aptera with full solar compared to the Light Year 1. Aptera $82/battery mile (400 mi with full solar) , Light year 1 $388/battery mile. I think “Emperor’s new clothes” if you buy a Light Year 1

        Download the table if you want to see more.

  • Henry Kitt

    Member
    March 11, 2022 at 8:23 am

    I have a feeling the Fisker Pear will be Aptera’s biggest competition, and will have about the same or more solar range as the Sono Sion. It’s not due out until late next year though, and no actual specs released yet, top secret, but expects to start production at 250k units a year.

    The Lightyear One doesn’t really even matter so Aptera should release the first solar car that anyone will actually want to buy either way, and should be a range/efficiency leader for the foreseeable future.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by  Henry Kitt.
    • Joshua Rosen

      Member
      March 11, 2022 at 10:55 am

      I wouldn’t count on anything from Fisker, they have a long track record of delivering nothing. They’ve gotten a little better lately by pivoting to selling vehicles designed an built by others, the Ocean is from Magna using a Magna platform. Fisker is at best a styling house, they can’t deliver any breakthrough technologies because they don’t do technology.

      • Henry Kitt

        Member
        March 11, 2022 at 12:33 pm

        That’s not true. Fisker Karma was delivered, but their battery supplier went under so that hurt them. Fisker Emotion has been delayed until they can mass produce it with solid state batteries and the Ocean and Pear will be sold in the interim. They’ll use a modified version of a Magna platform for the Ocean but Fisker has a bunch of patents on the design etc for both cars. The Pear will be built by Foxconn. These are absolute certainties at this point. It’s the same business model as Apple and AMD.

        Hopefully Aptera can scale at a solid rate without using a contract manufacturer but otherwise it’s definitely worth considering to outsource some of the manufacturing as well.

        • Curtis Cibinel

          Member
          March 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm

          Part of Aptera’s engineering is its simplicity of assembly. This is sometimes called micro factories and they are ~100,000 sq ft. It will require very few pieces of expensive robots and instead use slightly more human labour. This means regional jobs anywhere with a factory. I hope we have a second factory start setup within 1-2 years but its a guess how long it will take to refine production processes at the first before they start making a second. Manufacturing far closer to the customer will reduce costs. Long term I hope to see Aptera with 50+ factories around the world in major cities each making units.

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